Sunday, 13 May 2012

Highgate Cemetery

Last Monday I went to Tower Bridge and walked across it -- so another thing checked off my list. Yay. According to Wikipedia (yes, yes, not the most reliable source but very convenient), it is a cross between a bascule (bridge that opens to let ships past) and suspension bridge. "The bridge's present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour."

Wonder if they'll change the colours for her Diamond Jubilee? I really like the turquoise.

Photo with a very British of me.

Sorry the photos are really repetitive...apart from seeing and walking the bridge, there wasn't much else to do. Couldn't really get the perfect composition; there was no room to get everything in or the perfect angle.

View from the bridge.

And I saw the Tower of London which is right next to the bridge.

Monument nearby the Tower of London. Don't know what it is though.

Looks really nice with the tree in the foreground.

I really like the contrast between old and new. The penthouse suite in "The Shard" is going up for sale at £50 million. OMG you'd have to be insane. Bargain.

On Thursday I went to Paddington. Nice and tidy, albeit slightly boring, part of town. I went to this church called "St. James". Pretty. I got a few photos but I wasn't really sure if I was allowed to -- in Southwark Cathedral you have to buy a £2.00 license to take photos (that's on top of your £4.00 optional donation -- it hardly feels optional when there are donation boxes at every door). And all round the city everyone is telling tourists "no photos, no photos". Annoying.



Also found St.Mary's Hospital (not that I'd heard of it before) where there is a commemorative plaque for Alexander Flemming. I've also seen one of these plaques in Borough at the Harvard Library to commemorate the origin of the founder of Harvard University.

On Friday I met up with Michelle in the afternoon and we went to Highgate Cemetery because the weather was really nice. It is an attraction in my Lonely Planet guide along with a few other notable cemeteries. We had an awesome time.

This building is just across the road from the cemetery.

I took a few photos of the graves. There are 50,000 people buried there, in some areas I was really confuzzled about how they fit so many people into a plot. You'd think it would have no vacancies by now but they're still open...I wonder how much it costs to be buried there. "Highgate is still an operating cemetery, with up to seventy interments and some thirty to thirty-five plots sold each year." -- Highgate Cemetery website. So there we are.

According to Lonely Planet "[It is] Most famous as the final resting place of Karl Marx, Christina Rosetti (poet), George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans)(novelist) and other notable mortals..."

Apparently there are some funny inscriptions but most are very sad or, in some cases, tragic.

It's so cool that they've let nature take over, it really adds to the ambiance of the cemetery.

Isn't it amazing how the tree roots have taken over this grave?

This field with white flowers was bathed in sunlight -- it was such a beautiful scene.

The longest rosary chain I've ever was so chunky and rustic looking I really like it.

Karl Marx's grave along with some other family members.

A very subtle memorial stone that I thought was so pretty.

I thought this grave (above) seemed to be missing my opinion I think another person was to be buried there (maybe her husband?) and their name inscribed in the second heart but that didn't happen so Lillie is alone. (Maybe he remarried and is buried with the other wife? Who knows).

One of the crypts had a rather large gap so Michelle and I attempted to peer in. You can actually see the coffin in there! We were quite excited.

Coffin visible in bottom right corner.

As I was peering in the black and white cat below appeared at my side and scared the socks off me. It was exactly like a horror movie where there is tension and then suddenly something jumps out at you. I shrieked and nearly fell over. Had a good giggle afterwards.

There were a lot of snails adhered to the graves.

I love how everything is overgrown here.

So yeah, that concludes my cemetery trip. After that we went to a pub / restaurant in Totteridge and Whetstone. I had:

An Aspall Cider and...

 A Carne Fired Pizza and we shared a...

Baked Alaska. OMG sooo good. They'd created a biscuit base and piped meringue over chocolate ice cream so it not only tasted great it also looked amazing.

On an unrelated note, got some nail polish from Barry M.

"Base Topcoat & Nail Hardener all in one" -- 54 Clear
312 Indigo
290 Spring Green (Got this one on my toes at the moment).

Cool rustic bus.

Tired now...blogging is a lot of work. I'm going to bed.


Sammy said...

Probably the most beautiful graveyard I've ever seen. Even had a cat strolling through it to give it a bit of ...alivedness... I noticed everything is wet still in London - and still looks cold. In fact, I could have confused it with Hamilton today - its wet and everyone is wrapped up. WHO IS MICHELLE?

Stefanie said...

We know you are happy when you buy nail polish. Blacksta liked the picture of his cousin.

twinkles said...

Remember I am sending your Stef and Sammy soon and you will be running around ragged with you looking at everything. Btw they want to meet the cat. So organise it.........Regards the Mafia

Marta said...

Awh, that heart one is indeed pretty tragic.
Good photos though, and I know what you mean about trying different angles. They came out really well though.